Posted by not accurate, a resident of another community, on Nov 13, 2007 at 10:33 am
The facts in this story are not fully accurate. These girls made a conscious decision not to drive to the party and did not leave the party on their own. The person that supplied the alcohol to them is the same person that dropped them off at their car, knowing they were intoxicated.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:18 am
It was not the choice of Paul to have them drive. he didnt see them getting in there car when he dropped them off. He had dropped them off at another friends house where he thought they would stay and relax before ever thinking of driving. From what I understand there is no way Paul should be at fault. He provided the alcohol the night before. He was did not know that Mckewon would be drinking the next day. (portion of comment removed by PW staff)
Posted by mom's out for money, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:23 am
Katie, who was driving, is over the age of eighteen which means that she is legally responsible for her own decisions and the actions that followed. Katie drove her car knowing that she was intoxicated and Laurel got in that car knowing that fact. It is a terrible tragedy, but the finger is being pointed in the wrong place. (portion of comment removed by PW staff) Katie made a decision to drive that car, and to drive that car intoxicated, Laurel's death rests on Katie's shoulders alone.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:31 am
(portion of comment removed by PW staff) This is a criminal case, not a civil case. This means that the prosecutors are the local government, not anyone's mom. A little education about the justice system goes a long way.
Posted by Marie, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:34 am
Providing the alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal. So he is guilty of that. He knew of their age. It does not matter that he did not think they would drink in the morning he provided it. Everyone who knew that these girls were drinking have a hand in this sad event. This has been going on since high school and no one has stopped them.
Posted by Friend, a resident of another community, on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:46 am
(portion of comment removed by PW staff) it IS illegal to supply alcohol to someone under 21. AND it was being investigated before Katie was even arrested. The finger is being pointed at her, as an adult because she's at Santa Rita too. But it doesn't mean someone else didn't add to it.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:46 am
(portion of comment removed by PW staff) You are also incorrect, you can bet your bottom that if young Mr. Stoneberger is convicted or pleads guilty to the charges he faces, a wrongful death suit (civil Stacey) is sure to follow. While Mr. Stoneberger is just 21 and I assumed has limited assets, his parents can not be a target.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:48 am
if paul was even thinking he should never have taken them to where there car was he should have just taken them to their houses and none of this would have ever happened. (portion of comment removed by PW staff) if he was even smarter he would have taken katies car keys away when he droped them off so there would have been no way she could of drive he is just as guility as katie is
Posted by Bailing Out, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2007 at 11:53 am
Enough already, while the story was interesting for a little while, mostly to see what a disfunctional, small minded community Pleasanton has become. The story is about 3 imature, irresponsible young adults who made the same mistake kids all over the country make every weekend. I made the same mistake when I was a kid 20 years ago, I was just more fortunate. I am sorry we lost a 19 year old resident. But I am even more sorry that moms & dads, brothers and sisters that are losing there young brothers to a war everyday, do you think their pain is any less than the families in Pleasanton? Katie is a criminal, the kids fighting the war are heros, now THAT is something worth blogging about!
Posted by aaronw, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:37 pm aaronw is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
nothing should happen to paul. we all did the same thing. he did not do anything wrong. i have had my problems with drinking and driving, at least i learned. unfortunately they did not have that chance. point is no-one should be mad at anyone. terrible things happen in this world. they need to be accepted. i have lost friends and loved ones to accidents, alchohal, and illness. it is part of life. the poor girl in jail now has alot to deal with. including the death of her friend. and now jail, which i'm sure isn't pleasant. she is probably going through some very tough emotional problems with this, and her friends should definately stick close. accidents happen. especially with poor decisions. but i'm sure no-one intended this to happen. please be considerate of all the williams girl, the mckewon girl and paul. i'm sorry to all their families, but we shouldn't simply put they are criminals. they are not, they are people who didn't intentionally harm anyone, but unfortunately a terrible incident happen. rip........and good luck to those currently dealing with this.
Posted by Concerned Neighbor, a resident of Livermore, on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:51 pm
I am just a bit concerned that this blame game has started. This was a huge tragedy for all the family and friends involved and I am not sure now is the time to start throwing things like this around. The police are completely capable of conducting an investigation that will provide the most logical end result. I do not think it is up to anyone else to say who did what.
Posted by aaronw, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2007 at 3:44 pm aaronw is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
well i guess Laurel Williams was doing something wrong too. 18 is an adult capible of making her own decisions. you can't blame paul or katie for a group decision. i know i have gotten out of the vehicle when i felt someone was too intoxicated to drive. and people have done the same with me. it is a terrible thing. but everyone is trying point a finger. point it your way if so, because you did not know enough about your loved one to stop their behavior. no fingers should be pointed at all.no-one wins at that game. i know everyone feel like garbage over this, and trying to place blame is not going to help. it won't get anyone back, and it probably won't really help anything to encarcerate someone for an unintentional act. it is a shame that everyone thinks throwing stones is a good idea. nobody went out saying they were going to harm anyone. they went out for a good time. i'm sure a good time was had. and just think about how happy their friendships made eachother, and how much they both will miss her. that no-one wanted this and ask yourself is this what Laurel would have wanted.